Telestream announces Wirecast Version 8 with new Rendezvous feature
Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:57
Telestream, a leading provider of digital media tools and workflow
solutions, recently announced version 8 of its award-winning Wirecast live streaming
and production software.
Wirecast 8 includes many powerful new capabilities, most notably Wirecast
Rendezvous, a peer-to-peer remote conferencing and multi-site production feature
that supports multiple simultaneous remote streams from any Internet-connected
computer or smart device.
Telestream also announced a new version of its flagship turnkey hardware system,
Wirecast Gear 230, a fully-configured, portable live streaming production system that
can create a professional production with only minutes of setup time.
Wirecast provides content creators with intuitive, powerful production capabilities,
GPU-accelerated encoding, and a streamlined user interface that enables users to
effortlessly create and stream high-quality live broadcasts from their computers to
dozens of popular destinations such as Facebook Live, Youtube Live, Periscope,
Twitter and others.
The new Rendezvous feature functions like a videoconferencing system within
Wirecast allowing users to bring in live video feeds or interviews from anyone, on any
smart device, from any location, and broadcast them live.
Rendezvous enables Wirecast Pro users to interview multiple people simultaneously
and invited guests can join by simply clicking a link provided by the Wirecast
operator. A built-in tally light system tells remote participants when they are on
camera in the broadcast production. Once guests have joined the Rendezvous session,
they can easily be added individually to any shot or shots in the Wirecast production,
or be combined into a single shot. Remote guests can share their video camera,
microphones and screens with the host.
“The Rendezvous dashboard makes it easy to conduct panel interviews, talk shows,
and video conferencing, and utilize remote screen sharing, with just a few clicks,” said
Tom Prehn, senior product manager at Telestream.
“What used to be a challenging, complex process involving 3rd party video
conferencing platforms, complex audio and video routing, screen or baseband
capture, can be accomplished natively within Wirecast in moments.”
Rendezvous pairs perfectly with Wirecast’s free iOS camera and RTMP streaming app,
Wirecast Go, enabling smooth remote production and contributions from Apple mobile
New audio features in Wirecast 8 Pro include the ability to mix up to eight
independent audio tracks per broadcast and output them to independent destinations
making multi-language productions easy. Multi-channel audio capture allows Wirecast
to ingest up to 16 channels of audio per source. Users can set up specific shots to
contain any combination of input channels, and take advantage of Wirecast 8’s greatly
expanded stereo down-mixing capabilities, removing the need to pre-mix audio input
“Wirecast 8 is poised to change the way people create content and open up new
capabilities not widely available in the live streaming space,” said Andrew Haley,
product & live streaming evangelist at Telestream.
“Wirecast 8 brings more professional features to the market than any previous
version, yet continues to be easy and intuitive to use. Our social media integration
and engagement features are excellent, and continue to lead the pack.”
To engage in real-time conversations and feedback with an online audience, Wirecast
8 can display live Facebook comments on screen using NewblueFX’s Live Titler
Express (Wirecast 8 Studio) or Present (Wirecast Pro), which are bundled free with
every copy of Wirecast 8.
Live Titler Express and Present can also be remotely controlled on a separate
computer system, feeding curated comments or titles into Wirecast by a second
operator for a truly professional collaborative workflow. Twitter and YouTube
comment aggregation and curation is also available by upgrading to Live Titler Social
Introducing Wirecast Gear 230
Wirecast Gear is Telestream’s turnkey, fully configured, portable live streaming
production system. Wirecast Gear 230 comes pre-loaded with Wirecast Pro software,
NewBlueFX’s Live Titler Complete software, and now includes SDI output capability for
local, baseband video output. With Wirecast Gear, there’s no need to build a hardware
system to support Wirecast Pro. Users can simply plug in the power, Internet, and a
camera or two, and be streaming in minutes.
Additional highlighted features in Wirecast 8 include:
• Major performance enhancements and a redesigned render engine make it
easier to edit, composite and mix multiple graphic elements to create and stream
professional quality content to any destination
• Multi-view support for monitoring up to 17 live sources independently on
• More accurate color-space conversion for truer colors, and improved alpha and
• Improved quality and efficiency for x264 encoding uses fewer system resources
and produces better quality streams
• New native clocks and timers allow users to add countdown clocks, stopwatches,
world clocks, and time and date stamps to their streams
• Support for WASAPI, ASIO and industry-standard audio interfaces allowing users
to connect more professional audio devices and gear to Wirecast
• IP-based workflows through NDI for IP-based workgroups and “cable-less”
production. Wirecast enables production across LAN workstations through NDI so
users can dedicate video, audio, graphics, scoreboards, and social media tasks to
multiple operators, allowing them to achieve production values beyond what a single
operator can manage.